All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
It slips through the fingers. Its light, constantly shifting from one area to another as the wind beckons and the sun radiates. Beneath the sand however, is something entirely different. It isn't light, it isn't insubstantial, it isn't ever-present; it is something heavy, dark, and musty.
Like the tombs ridden with spiders, like the cities hidden with suspicious characters, like the islands overflowing with Nazis; Raiders of the Lost Ark thrives on secrets. The core of every Indiana Jones adventure is kept alive by history, and its reputation to cover up. Civilizations are lost, artifacts are misplaced, rumors and bedtime stories are spread; and as a result, history is perfect for providing the groundwork for an adventure film.…
I was recently posed the question; ‘what is the greatest blockbuster of all time?’ It is a question I pondered for barely a second before answering: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s hard to think of a film filled with more iconic moments. In one movie Spielberg, and to his credit, Lucas, have managed to create more iconic images and lines of dialogue in a single film than most filmmakers achieve in a lifetime: the boulder dash, retrieving the hat, the melting face, sword vs. gun, the snake pit. I could easily go on, practically every sequence in the film has at least one standout moment that has become part of the public’s consciousness.
Yet a film made up of…
Although Steven Spielberg's Jaws gets the distinction of being the very first blockbuster in cinema history, the blueprint of modern blockbuster filmmaking was brought to life by none other than Spielberg's early 1980s action-adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, which didn't just become one of the finest examples of its genre but even today remains one of the most enjoyable & entertaining works of this esteemed director's extensive career.
Set in the year of 1936, Raiders of the Lost Ark concerns an archaeologist & adventurer named Indiana Jones who is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant after learning that the Führer is after the same biblical artifact which, according to him, would make his army an…
Quite possibly the best adventure film of all time.
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
Even before anything actually happens in the film, or even before we've seen Indiana's face, you feel like you're watching something special just by the font of the opening credits. As ridiculous as that sounds I think it's true. As the letters appear superimposed over three characters we haven't met yet traipsing through a unidentified jungle, you can feel it in your gut that you're about to experience something fantastic. It's one of the rare films that made going to the movies a truly special experience.
The film is simply iconic. It's filled with iconic characters, iconic moments and even an iconic musical score. We've all heard the stories about…
Spielberg and Lucas infect Raiders of the Lost Ark with all the glee and frenetic spirit of children who've just been given their first toy guns. It's filmed with such a genuine love of its influences, its adventures and characters that you literally have to hang on to its plot much the same way Indy hangs on to his beloved hat and Ark of the Covenant loaded trucks.
Regardless of the argument about whether Indiana Jones actually affects the end of the story, for me it's about his persistence and determination to do what's right than be a hero for the ages.
That, and the fact he looks fucking cool in a fedora.
i think im done watching action movies now
But Last Crusade gets six.
Seminal adventure movie.
2nd best movie ever :)
The classic adventure movie, Raiders is a landmark for both Ford and Spielberg.
The template for many adventure films. Great story, great dialogue, amazing cast and John Williams at the peak of his compositional skills. The leitmotif for the ark still gives me the creeps.
07/20 in my 'List of Shame 2015'.
This would be my new all-time favorite movie if I was a 14 year old boy.
This film is better than most of the top films releasing at the moment! Why? That's something I have been wondering for a long time. I rewatched it, and I am amazed at the performances of a group of brilliant people.
Indiana Jones is the definition of Action / Adventure. It's the dream of every boy that is interested in history. While this film was released upon this world nine years before I was born. I have seen this gem too many times and every single time it makes me want to go study archeology, see the world, search for temples and treasure!
I still don't fully understand how a film that's already 34 years old, is preserved so well. If they would release it today (just as is) everyone would be talking about it. It all feels so real. It's really art performed by genius people.
If there is such a thing as a perfect blockbuster film, that title would likely fall to Raiders of the Lost Ark, and to a lesser extent to its twin sequels (we'll set aside Crystal Skull for the time being). They are enjoyable, well-made, and damn near impossible to watch just once.
Raiders of the Lost Ark shows what happens when you get the right star with the right director and the right mediating creative force to help steer the ship in the right direction. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas had always been friends, it appears, and them combining their story talents (this was before Lucas apparently went off the creative deep end) into this homage to 1930s adventure films…